May 19, 2011 – According to reports three Army transport buses and a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy bus carrying 25 inmates and 2 guards were involved in a chain reaction bus crash. The crash occurred at approximately 11:50 a.m. on the I-5 Freeway in Commerce in the vicinity of the Commerce Casino and south of Washington Boulevard.
The four buses were traveling in the northbound lanes when a car in front of the bus carrying inmates slammed on its brakes, according to Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Matt Levesque. According to the California Highway Patrol eight people were injured in the crash, one Army soldier was critically injured.
Five other Army personnel suffered minor injuries and two inmates sustained minor injuries. Another Sheriff’s Department bus was sent to transport the inmates that were not injured. The I-5 Freeway was closed while the accident was cleared and the inmates were transferred onto another bus.
February 20, 2012 – According to reports the driver of an MTA bus fell asleep and crashed the bus into various objects. According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of an MTA bus crashed into numerous objects, after falling asleep. The accident was reported at approximately 1:30 a.m. Monday, occurring on Main Street, in the vicinity of 135th Street in unincorporated Willowbrook.
Attorney Michael Ehline, a bus crash lawyer, says that this is an “all too common event,” and is irresponsible on the part of bus companies and drivers to allow tiredness to put profits or a paycheck over people. California Highway Patrol officials said that the bus struck two stop signs, several trees, and a light pole. CHP officials said there were no passengers on the bus at the time of the crash after the bus driver fell asleep.
The bus driver identified as a 40-year-old, who suffered cuts to her hands and was transported to Memorial Hospital of Gardena for medical treatment, the California Highway Patrol said. CHP officials said that Edison crews temporarily shut down the electrical lines, while they cleaned up the electrical wires connected to the light pole the MTA bus struck and L.A. County crews were dispatched to clean up the trees the bus hit.
Inattentive driving and sleeplessness is a major factor in bus driver negligence. This is also something a passenger needs to be aware of before boarding. If you feel uncomfortable with the operator, don’t board. Call the bus company and describe your observations. You may just save a life.
February 23, 2012 – According to reports the Metro chief has ordered an investigation into the 110 Freeway bus stop crash that critically injured 7 people. According to Metro chief Art Leahy at a board meeting Thursday he requested that an investigation be done involving the transitway, the traffic signs and safety issues where the bus stop crash occurred earlier this week. I have been at that stop before and it is easy to see how a person could get killed. Take a look at the bus stop on Google Earth. It is an accident waiting to happen.
Leahy wants the report within 60 days, after the bus accident that occurred Wednesday afternoon on the 110 Freeway, in the vicinity of the 105 freeway when a car plowed into the bus stop. According to Leahy it is unclear what caused the driver to lose control, in the accident that critically injured seven people. Approximately 50 firefighters responded to the scene of the crash and California Highway Patrol officials issued a SigAlert during the afternoon traffic. Do you agree that bus stops should be set back, or hardened to withstand such a foreseeable situation? Sound off.
With all the recent catastrophes in the news, it is not surprising that this story reared its head a few weeks back. Thirty seven people were killed and 15 injured when a private bus traveling from the beach city of Goa to Mumbai fell off of a bridge in the Khed in Ratnagirir district. The crash took place at approximately 2:30 a.m. when the driver suddenly lost control on the Bharna Bridge over the Jagbudi River, causing the bus to plunge into the river, said BL Shinde an official from the highway department.
If this happened in California, you better believe lawsuits would already be filed. I am not so sure about Indian law on this one however. In any event, according to police official Mahendra Singh Pardeshi the bus had the capacity to carry 55 people, but he unsure how many passengers were onboard at the time the bus went into the river. Emergency responders used gas cutters to extract the survivors and the dead from the bus that was lying upside down on the bank of the Jagbudi River.
Ten of the injured are reported to be in critical condition, one of whom was the driver, according to emergency personnel. Reportedly many of the injured suffered head injuries.
According to authorities there were some foreigners onboard the bus and one Russian national was among the rescued. Police are investigating if the driver of the bus was drunk at the time of the crash and are doing testing. The injured victims from the bus were transported to Khed Civil Hospital.
Can the victims and survivors get money? Isn’t India governed under English Common Law? Anyone know?
It was a rough weekend for people in Norwalk. Early Saturday morning a 26-year-old man was struck by a black party bus. The incident happened in Norwalk. And the bus fled the scene after dragging the man more than 200 feet.
The Norwalk man was walking home on Fairford Avenue at approximately 2:30 a.m. So he was run over all of a sudden. Last, he sustained major injuries. He is in an area hospital in intensive care. The 26-year-old man was identified as Efren Virgen.
“Limo buses are starting to rise to the top of the sensational news list, due to their larger capacity than standard stretched limos, and ability to have more party equipment and booze,” says bus accident lawyer, Michael Ehline.
According to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, a witness stated the bus left the scene of the accident turning westbound onto Foster Road.
The witness said he could hear the music playing inside of the bus and the neon lights were flashing. Detective Carl Anna said the area the man was struck is not known for collisions. But it remains unclear if the man was in a designated crosswalk during the incident. The detective said evidence at the scene shows the bus driver was aware of the pedestrian. So he swerved to avoid striking him.
Who To Call With Information.
Samuel Virgen, the victim’s brother said Efran Virgen worked for the Long Beach City trash collection. Also, he had two daughters ages 7 and 5. Samuel said his nieces know their father is hurt and in the hospital. But they still have questions. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is asking that anyone with information about the hit and run accident contact them.
“The bottom line here is that people walking on foot near areas where there are motorized vehicles, need to pay extra care when traversing the area”
Says Los Angeles bus accident attorney (read more), Michael Ehline. He believes that no matter what the regulations are and how many precautions these transportation companies take, people on foot must take special care when near vehicles and traffic. I can’t say we disagree. Be safe out there folks. Big buses and human bodies don’t mix.